A general view of six loose carved stones, arranged in a pyramid formation, in St Mary's Church

Date:
1950
Location:
St Mary's Church, Acton, Cheshire East
Reference:
AA50/08654
Type:
Photograph (Negative)

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Description

The loose carved stones in St Mary's Church are thought to be "among the most significant pieces of early Romanesque sculpture in the country". It is believed that the stones were carved by different sculptors: two groups, one carved in limestone and one in red sandstone, can be distinguished. The limestone carvings in this photograph date from the end of the 11th century. It is possible that they formed a screen or frieze, and were later set in a bench running around the church, before being stored in their current position. The subject matter includes Christ, the apostles, a lattice design, and religious figures.

Content

This is part of the Series: LTC01/01 Lady Trenchard Cox: Series of Negatives; within the Collection: LTC01 Lady Trenchard Cox Collection

Rights

© Historic England Archive

People & Organisations

Photographer: Cox, Mary Desiree

Keywords

Early Medieval Church, Medieval Church, Post Medieval Church, Religion